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Autistic children show possible imbalance of fatty acids. S Vancassel et al, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 65(1), 1-7, 2001

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Autistic children show possible imbalance of fatty acids. S Vancassel et al, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 65(1), 1-7, 2001

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In this study, the balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the blood of autistic children was compared to that in children with mental retardation (control group). The omega-3 fatty acid DHA in the autistic children was lower by 23% and the overall omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in autistic children was higher by 20% compared to the controls. The authors discuss these variations in terms of potential differences in dietary intake, metabolism or incorporation into cellular membranes between the two groups.

S Vancassel et al., ‘Plasma fatty acid levels in autistic children’, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids, vol 65(1):1-7, 2001

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